Youth-led mobilisation has mocked and
exposed patriarchal power by unmasking its politics of social control. Are we
on the threshold of a new politics of gender creating cross-gender alliances
around struggles against autocracy?
As Egypt’s military-backed regime moves to further
consolidate its power, no spheres of civil society are free of state
encroachment. Leila Zaki Chakravarti
analyses the intricate
relationships between football, religion and politics in the settling of political scores in post-revolutionary Egypt.
Does the new criminal procedure code in Afghanistan really signal the
definitive demise of all efforts to curb violence against women? An accurate reading of the law, and a more
nuanced understanding of post-NATO developments and their impact on women’s
rights tells a different story.
The new Affordable Care Act
(Obamacare) requires all health plans to pay for contraception. Some religious
organizations and corporations are so angry that they have taken their case to
the US Supreme Court.
In the aftermath of the recent rulings in India
re-criminalising homosexuality, Poonam Joshi reports on the critical role that
grassroots LGBTI activists play in building public support for LGBTI rights in
honour of the determination of people like Algerian TV producer, Aziz Smati, who was shot exactly twenty years ago today, we must
support all those who wield song against suicide belt, and wage art against
fundamentalism, writes Karima Bennoune
hommage à la détermination de gens comme le producteur Algérien Aziz Smati, qui
était victime d’un attentat il y a exactement 20 ans, il nous faut soutenir
tous ceux qui opposent des chansons aux ceinture d’explosifs et luttent par l’art
contre l’intégrisme, écrit Karima Bennoune
The challenge that
embracing shame poses to the longstanding perversion of honour, is the struggle
for women’s human rights - the
realisation of which will result in the entire community’s advancement and healing.
A women’s group on the
northern coast of Spain devised a plan to fill a train full of protestors
against Government proposals to reform the abortion law by destroying a woman’s
right to decide. “El Tren de la Libertad” -
destination Madrid - was the result. Liz Cooper
got on board at Valladolid.
The January 25th uprising offered Egypt the opportunity to become a role model for peaceful transition in the region and beyond. But with the hijack of the will of the people almost completed, Egypt is moving further away from realising democracy.
Women who have survived acid attacks are speaking out and
refusing to have their identity destroyed. Samira Shackle spoke to some of the
survivors in Islamabad who are campaigning to strengthen legislation against
this most brutal form of gender based violence.
UK universities appear to be elevating the right to
manifest religion and religious freedom over other rights, including freedom of
expression and gender equality. Students need to resist this tide of
religious privilege in the interests of a secular and progressive university
education, says Radha
Kenya’s Constitution permits access to safe abortion, yet
Kenyan women still resort to unsafe methods of termination with countless women
dying as a consequence. Saoyo Tabitha Griffith analyses what the Kenyan
government needs to do to affirm women’s rights to life and health.
By ignoring expressions of people power in the Egyptian constitutional referendum, some western
political commentators and the media are showing a disconnect with the pulse of
the citizenry and engaging in a dangerous politics of omission, argues Mariz
Reading the 2012 and
2013 Egyptian constitutions together is less a tale of successive steps towards
constitutional democracy and more an illustration of how the revolution was
lost in two successive jolts – first Morsi’s Islamism without legitimacy, and
then the violent militarism that accompanied Morsi’s removal from power.
New proposals to criminalise forced
marriage are due for their penultimate reading in the House of Lords this month.
Amrit Wilson reports on one of the most strongly contested pieces
of legislation relating to gender to go through Parliament in recent years
The international community has addressed Afghanistan through
an ethnic prism. As anxiety grows about the future after international forces
leave in 2014, a trajectory needs to be established towards a post-ethnic
society--and the dispersed diaspora can play a role.
Images of women and the brutal violence against them, whether committed by
the Army, Police, Muslim Brotherhood or thugs, are commodities that sell a certain shade
of patriarchy to the people, says Zainab Magdy.
past 25 years have witnessed fundamental sociopolitical and cultural changes in
Sudan. Women have been the terrain of
many of the uneasy shifts in the country, even down to their skin, which they
are now being encouraged to bleach.
Revolutions take time. The French
Revolution was followed by years of terror and conflict before stability. Arab women
have discovered through their revolutions that they can have a voice, and this,
says Monique Villa, is the seed of hope for the future.
The interim nuclear deal between the
western powers and Iran faces significant domestic and international
challenges. But after long hostility it may prove a trust-building
stepping-stone to a larger agreement.